Children of the Forest

imagesChildren of the Forest

by Elsa Beskow

Age: 2+

Interests: little people, nature, forest, animals, fairies, family, seasons, Sweden



The Little Bookroom



The Little Bookroom

by Eleanor Farjeon

Age: 6 (read to); 9 (independent reading)

Interests: short stories, updated fairy tales, satire, magic, romance, princesses and princes, helping others, morality


Collected Stories for Children



Collected Stories for Children

by Walter de la Mare

Age: 8+ (read to); 11+ (independent reading)

Interests: folk tales, fairy tales, animals, magic, romance, fairies, spooky stories, adventure, travel, cats, monkeys


The Water-Babies


The Water-Babies

by Charles Kingsley

originally published in 1863

144 pp.

Age: 6+ (read to)

Interests: fairies, magic, animals, nature, religion, bad behaviour

Next: other Victorian fairy stories – The Magic Fishbone (Dickens), The Princess and the Goblin, The Cuckoo Clock, Alice in Wonderland


Fantasia (1940)

Fantasia (film)

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Released: 1940

Rated: G

Length: 120 – 124 min. (varies depending on what version you have)

Age: some parts 3+, others 5+ (see below)  Commonsense Media sez: 6 +

Scary Factor: Mickey attacks renegade broom with an axe and savagely chops it to bits; battle to the death between two dinosaurs; a gigantic devil rises over a mountain commanding a host of demons, the dead rise from their graves

Also: some modest (dare I say artful) nudity among fairies and mythological creatures; much wine drunk by very tipsy god Bacchus

Interests: classical music, fairies, mythology, dinosaurs, ballet

Next: the movie Fantasia 2000; live symphony concerts for children; Nutcracker ballet live or movie version

Make Your Own Tutu!

Thanks to Different Solutions on Facebook, here’s a no-sew tutu I think even I could make!

Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales


Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales

Angela Carter, translation

Michael Foreman, illustrations

Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1982

128 pp. – 12 stories

Age: 7 +

Interests: fairy tales, adventure, magic, princesses, princes, castles, ogres


Why I Don’t Hate the Rainbow Fairies

Fairyland is home to seven colorful sisters. Together, they are the Rainbow Fairies! They keep Fairyland dazzling and bright. But when evil Jack Frost sends them far away, the sisters are in big trouble. If they don’t return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be gray forever!      (blurb for the first series-of-7, The Rainbow Fairies)

The Rainbow Magic books are an addictive, seemingly endless series of early chapter books, written to a precise and repetitive formula, and certain to drive parents up the wall. Amazingly bland and devoid of character development – the two heroines are interchangeable – this franchise should incur my wrath and derision. And it did, at first.


The Night Fairy

The Night Fairy

by Laura Amy Schlitz

illustrated by Angela Barrett

Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010

117 pp., 10 chapters

Age: 6 +

Interests: fairies, magic, birds, animals, nature, adventure

Also by this author: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village (Newbery Medal Winner)


The Cuckoo Clock

The Cuckoo Clock

by Mrs. Molesworth

first published in 1877

edition I read: London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1967, with illustrations by E.H. Shepard

165 pp.

Age: 5 +

Interests: magic, birds, manners, fantasy, butterflies


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